Please note, our Document Verification Service has been temporarily suspended due to additional measures UNSW has adopted in relation to COVID-19. For more information, please contact The Nucleus: Student Hub
UNSW Sydney does not require documents to be formally certified in support of coursework applications for admission and enrolment in most cases. Only applicants from non-211/985 universities in the Peoples Republic of China must provide certified copies of original documents. To find out if your institution is a Project 985 or 211 university, see “Certification guidelines for China non-211/985 applicants” below.
Please do not send your original documents to us, as UNSW retains the documents that are submitted and they will not be returned to you. However, you must be prepared to present your original documents to UNSW for inspection post-enrolment if requested, so you will need to bring your original documents with you to Australia.
UNSW will verify documents via back-to-source checks with applicants’ home institutions. Where we are unable to verify documents with your home institution, applicants will be required to bring their originals to the UNSW Admissions Office for verification.
If any fraudulent documents are discovered, action may be taken which can result in the withdrawal of an offer or the termination of an enrolment. The University does not tolerate fraudulent documents and we retain the right to withhold your graduation or cancel your testamur if fraud is discovered during or after your studies at UNSW.
Applicants from Project 985 or Project 211 universities in China do not have to have documents formally certified. All other applicants from the Peoples Republic of China must have their documents certified.
A correctly certified copy is an unaltered photocopy of an original document that has been sighted and certified to be a true copy of the original by a person authorised to do so.
Your documents can be certified by a person belonging to one of the categories below.
The person who certifies your document/s must be contactable by telephone during normal working hours. You, or a person directly related to you, cannot certify your documents, even if you/they belong to one of the categories listed below.
An authorised officer at:
An authorised officer at:
A Justice of the Peace currently registered in Australia.
Anyone who is currently employed in Australia or New Zealand as:
To have your documents certified you will need to provide both the original hard copy document and the copy, to the person certifying the document.
The person certifying will:
UNSW will only accept the actual document that has been sighted and certified to be the true copy of the original document by an authorised person.
UNSW will NOT accept documents:
Certified documents can be submitted in hard copy by mail or in person at The Nucleus: Student Hub.
Faxed, emailed or scanned copies of certified documents will only be accepted if faxed or emailed directly from the administration office of the institution that issued the document or from an authorised agent of UNSW.
A document certification service is available at The Nucleus: Student Hub. To have your documents certified at The Nucleus: Student Hub you will need to bring with you all original documents and any copies that you would like to have certified. Photocopying facilities are available in The Nucleus: Student Hub foyer.
If you require more than 5 copies to be certified, please contact The Nucleus: Student Hub to make an appointment.
If your official documents are not in English, you must supply copies of the following documents:
Your documents must be translated by one of the following:
Each translation must be accompanied by a statement which states “The translated text in this document is an accurate and complete translation of the original document” and should then also contain the translator’s signature, printed name, membership of the relevant accredited translation body (and membership number if applicable) and the date the statement is made.
Certified copies of BOTH the original document and the translated document must be submitted to the University after the translation is completed and signed by the translator. For information on the certification of documents, please see “Certification guidelines for China non-211/985 applicants” above.
Applicants must also provide original or certified copies of transcripts in both Chinese and English, and these must be the certified bound booklets issued by a Notary Public Office in both Chinese and English, or the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Centre (CDGDC). UNSW will make full offers with conditions to eligible applicants who do not provide a notarised document with their application, but a notarised or CDGDC document must be submitted to the University prior to the Census Date of the Commencing Semester or the enrolment will be cancelled.
Contact: UNSW Admissions Office
Tel: +61 (2) 9385 3656 (multiple lines)